What to do in Grayson Lake State Park

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Enjoy a picnic meal cooked over the grill and relax under the stars in a tent or camper. Our new 18-hole golf course, Hidden Cove, was named one of the "2004 Best New Affordable Courses" by "Golf Digest" magazine. This par-72 course encircles Grayson Lake and is protected by five fairway bunkers; it's sure to provide a challenge to golfers of any skill level.

Fresh air encourages hearty appetites, so pack extra helpings in the family picnic basket! The large picnic area is the perfect spot to grill the "catch of the day," and the three playgrounds will keep the children entertained for hours. Two large picnic shelters are available for rental up to one year in advance. Fee for Shelter rental.

Cool off on those hot summer days at the public beach! Enjoy the sand under your toes, and a refreshing swim amid the natural beauty of Grayson Lake. There is not a lifeguard on duty, so be careful and swim at your own risk. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day

A launching ramp provides boaters access to Grayson Lake. The 74.2-miles of shoreline range from gentle slopes, to scenic canyons. Located 3 miles from the park, a marina has everything you need for a great day on the lake: rental fishing boats and pontoon boats, bait, grocery and rest rooms. Marina open year-round; fee for boat rentals.

Recreation
The .8-mile Beech-Hemlock Forest Trail is an opportunity to discover and appreciate the distinctive plants, rock formations, and wildlife of the park. The trail begins near the theater area, and circles the campground near the shoreline of the lake. Of particular interest on the trail are the several species of ferns, mosses, and lichens, the flowering rhododendron, "lizard head rock," and the unusual combination of beech-hemlock trees.There is also a 3-mile Lick Falls loop trail for the more hearty hiker.

Pick your spot under the stars in the spacious, 71-site campground. Utility hookups, a dump station, and two central service buildings with rest rooms, showers, and laundry facilities are available. The check-in station has resale items such soft drinks, ice, and firewood. There is a pay telephone at the second bathhouse.

A new 18-hole championship golf course opened in June of 2003. Hidden Cove Golf Course measures 7,173 yards and is a par 72. "Golf Digest" magazine ranked Hidden Cove #4 in their list of "2004 Best New Affordable Courses."

Location
Take Exit 172 on I-64 onto KY 7 South.

Climate
This state experiences a temperate climate with nearly 50 inches of rainfall annually. Thirteen inches of snow is an annual average in Kentucky. There are four distinct seasons here with summer temperatures reaching 90 degrees F frequently in July and August. Low summer temperatures dip near 70 degrees F at night. Winter high temperatures often reach 45 degrees with lows dipping below freezing. Spring and fall are particularly pleasant seasons in which to visit Kentucky. Fall months are the driest. The humidity levels in the state average near 54 degrees throughout the year. The humidity during the winter months averages somewhat higher.
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